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Welcome to Jurassic Forest

  • See You in Spring 2020!

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  • Take your class on a field trip back in time to the world of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures!

    We are now booking field trips for 2020! Journey down the Discovery Trails and meet massive and majestic herbivores such as Stegosaurus and Triceratops, while sneaking past lethal predators including Tyrannosaurus rex and Spinosaurus. You'll see many familiar dinosaur faces, and maybe meet some creatures you haven't heard of before! Children will enjoy digging for dinosaur bones, playing in the playground, and even taking a ride on a dinosaur.

    The interactive, inquiry-based programs at the Jurassic Forest and Learning Centre will take students and teachers back in time to discover prehistoric flora and fauna, while highlighting the beauty and diversity of the modern forest ecosystem.

    The educational programs at Jurassic Forest were designed to meet Alberta Curriculum targets for Grades 1-7. Students will explore the forest using skills of observation, investigation, and discussion to foster an appreciation for the natural history of the earth and the amazing organisms of the past and present.

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    2020 CORPORATE FAMILY FUN DATES NOW OPEN FOR BOOKINGS!

    Plan your next company retreat in the primordial preserve of Jurassic Forest. Explore the winding trails and discover life-like dinosaurs roaming the prehistoric wooded terrain just as they did millions of years ago. Sit in on an awe-inspiring presentation from Jurassic Forest interpretive staff...and much, much more!

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School Programs

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So much more than just dinosaurs!

The interactive, inquiry-based programs at the Jurassic Forest and Learning Centre will take students and teachers back in time to discover prehistoric flora and fauna, while highlighting the beauty and diversity of the modern forest ecosystem. The educational programs at Jurassic Forest were designed to meet Alberta curriculum targets for Grades 1-7, while kindergarten and preschool tours focus on learning about our amazing dinosaurs.

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All programs at Jurassic Forest are led by our Interpretive Guides, dedicated to sharing their passion for natural history, earth and environmental science, and education with your students. Field trips will journey down the Jurassic Forest Discovery trails to learn about prehistoric and modern animals and plants, through hands-on activities, interpretive talks, and/or games. All tours include age-appropriate dinosaur information, integrated with the specific lesson plans for each grade level, and can be tailored to fit any specific learning goals for your class.

General Dinosaur Component

All students will travel back in time to learn about amazing prehistoric creatures, including dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and mammal ancestors. Your interpretive guide will discuss the behavior, diets, habitats, and specializations of these ancient organisms, comparing and contrasting with modern animals.

 

Grade-Specific Components

All grade 1-7 programs include a curriculum-specific portion integrated into the program, while kindergarten and preschool tours focus on learning about dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures.

Kindergarten: Dinosaur Discovery Students will travel back in time on an interactive tour where they will learn about dinosaurs through movement, play, and exploration.
Grade 1: Seasonal Changes Students will use their senses to explore the forest and observe the effects of seasonal changes on the plants and animals of the area. Your guide will also discuss how organisms must adapt to changing environmental conditions for survival.
Grade 2: Animal Diversity Students will discover the diversity of animals in prehistoric and modern ecosystems, and the role of small and large animals in the food chain.
Grade 3: Life Cycles Students will gain an understanding diversity of animal life, and of the changes that occur during the life cycle of different animals, including amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, and insects.
Grade 4: Paleontology in Alberta Students will discover prehistoric Alberta, including the dinosaurs that once roamed the province, the geology of the region, and the global importance of the fossil sites in Alberta.
Grade 5: Wetland Ecosystems Students will observe the diversity and complexity of a wetland ecosystem, and discuss the importance of wetland areas to both modern and prehistoric organisms.
Grade 6: Trees and Forests Students will explore a forest ecosystem, learning about the diversity of trees and plants in the area, and the importance of forests to the many organisms that make a forest their home.
Grade 7: Fossil Formation and Paleontology Students will discuss the conditions required for fossil formation, different types of fossils, and their importance for our understanding of ancient life on Earth.

Jurassic Forest Location

3 kilometres north of the town of Gibbons, AB, 1 kilometre west of Highway 28 on Township Road 564, close to the Goose Hummock Resort

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Did You Know?

Brachiosaurus is a sauropod, or “long-necked” dinosaur from the Jurassic Period. It is unusual because it had longer forelimbs than hindlimbs, giving it a more inclined posture. It is estimated to me over 26 metres long.